Diego Mendieta

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Diego Mendieta
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Personal information
Full name Diego Antonio Mendieta Romero
Date of birth (1980-06-13)13 June 1980
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Date of death 3 December 2012(2012-12-03) (aged 32)
Place of death Surakarta, Indonesia
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Johor Darul Ta'zim
2009–2010 Persitara North Jakarta 14 (3)
2011–2012 Persis Solo F.C. ? (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Diego Mendieta (13 June 1980 - 3 December 2012) was a Paraguayan footballer who played as a forward for Persis Solo F.C.. His death on 3 December 2012 reportedly caused by cytomegalovirus, an easily treatable disease,[1] sparked international outrage after it was made known that his club refused to pay his hospital fees, thus resulting in his demise. The club also owed Mendieta an estimated US$12,500 in salaries which had prevented him from returning to his native Paraguay.[2] The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro), a worldwide representative organisation for professional football players, dubbed his death as a "disgrace for football".


  1. ^ "Footballer Diego Mendieta's death prompts Indonesia row". BBC. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  2. ^ Masters, James (6 December 2012). "The lonely death of Diego Mendieta: Football's forgotten man". CNN. Retrieved 12 December 2012.

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